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The auditing dilemma

Published: 3 Feb 2023

Should auditors focus more on human behaviour and how could this be measured? Ian Rosam, Chief Product Officer at DeepFathom explains why this question is key.

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Global supply chains: trust and transparency

Published: 1 Feb 2023

Action on climate commitments has never been more critical and an approach focused on delivering data-driven ESG objectives is not only a crucial framework for adhering to climate regulations but is the new standard of risk management, says Heather Moore, Supply Chain Sustainability Technical Director at LRQA.

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Recruitment problems? It starts with the advert

Published: 27 Jan 2023

With 67% of respondents to the CQI’s Workforce Insight research saying they had struggled to recruit for quality and audit roles, it has never been more important for job adverts to hit their target. Mark Walsh CQP MCQI, an IRCA lead auditor and director at Q-Sys Solutions, highlights some common pitfalls, and how to avoid them. 

The importance of gap assessments in auditing

Published: 21 Dec 2022

Conducting a gap assessment is a vital first step when implementing a new management system or integrating one with an existing system. IRCA Lead Auditor Andy Lau explains the steps that must be taken to ensure conformance with certification body standards.

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Removing the fear from audits

Published: 6 Dec 2022

The audit process is a valuable tool for organisations, giving them a chance to examine their processes and ensure they are on the right track. So why is it that the word ‘audit’ is a cause for fear? Bryony Roberts from Pragmatic Consultancy Ltd examines the reasons why.

Should an audit be announced?

Published: 25 Oct 2022

Is the element of surprise helpful when it comes to conducting an audit? Caitlin McArthur, Audit & Compliance Manager at Sodexo, makes the case against surprising clients with an audit.

Effective auditing starts with the end result in mind

Published: 25 Oct 2022

Internal auditors need to ensure that top management fully understand what audit results are telling them. Andy Nichols, CQP FCQI, Quality Program Manager at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in the US, explains how.

Planning for audit success or for the sake of planning?

Published: 25 Oct 2022

When looking ahead to conducting an audit, are you planning for success, or just planning for the sake of planning? IRCA Lead Auditor Andy Lau takes a look at three key points to consider for internal audits.

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